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Students completing the bachelor's of arts in philosophy and religion will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the following:

  • The history of Western philosophy and key figures within this history (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant)
  • Key philosophical problems and concepts from major fields within the Western philosophical tradition (e.g., aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of science, political philosophy, etc.)
  • Western and non-western religious traditions and their texts
  • The fundamental aspects of global culture

Philosophy and religion students will learn how to:

  • Read, understand, and interpret philosophical and religious texts.
  • Think critically about philosophical problems and the relationship between these philosophical problems and their own lives.
  • Express their ideas cogently in both written and oral formats. This includes both the interpretation of texts and the evaluation of the claims that their authors make.
  • Apply research methodologies current in the field to specific philosophical and religious problems.

Note: Learning goals are subject to regular review and revision.